This story has that "Lassie Come Home" feel to it. Major storm! Pet gets loose! Heartbreak! Then a year-and-half later- a reunion like no other. This transpired when a family decided to replace their lost dog with a new pup -- only to find out their wayward pooch was waiting for them at point and time of purchase. Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction!

About a hundred stray and semi-feral cats roam the vermilion walkways of Beijing's 500-year-old Forbidden City. Descended from felines “employed” to keep the Chinese emperor's stomping grounds rat-free, these mainly white cats have less work to do these days and by the looks of it they're enjoying their retirement to the max.

Life can leave you so stressed out these days. One way to really relax is to go on vacation. Another way is to get a massage. Why not combine the best of both worlds and take a trip to a beach resort in Phuket, Thailand. There you can relax on beautiful sandy beaches beneath idyllic palm trees. And get a nice, calming massage by -- an elephant? Yep, that's right. You can get a massage from an elephant.

There are a number of reasons that you may need to fly with your dog as an airline passenger instead of as cargo -- from service dogs to best buds. Flying can be a stressful experience for dogs -- the airport crowds, security checks, and turbulence are only a few of the issues that face them when traveling. Now Air Hollywood, the world's largest aircraft-themed film studio, is offering classes to train dogs to handle air travel calmly and appropriately.

A Japanese marine park is offering visitors a rare chance to literally “shake hands” with their resident Asian Small-clawed Otters through specially designed portholes in the exhibit's glass walls.

Dogs and cats, traveling together! Mass hysteria! OK, maybe “hysterical” is a better word to describe this high-riding kitten and his noble canine steed. As for the Old West angle, it's been updated with the dog rocking a pair of very cool shades and packing a mobile phone taped (yes, taped) to his right front leg. Hey Fido, who ya gonna call?

Those who love Japan's plethora of animal-themed cafes can add a new creature eatery to their list: Owl Store (Fukurou-no-Mise) in Osaka.

Is it lupus? Motorcyclist Tim Bartlett doesn't like being tailgated, especially when the tailgater HAS a tail... and a mouthful of wickedly sharp teeth! Figuring if he told his experience to anyone he'd be accused of, er, crying wolf, Bartlett snapped a photo of the loping lupine before it could snap him back.